I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby EscapeArtist » Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:29 am

I don't have a problem with disabling Adblock in order to participate in the SCF. With everything this site and its users have contributed, directly or indirectly, to my enjoyment and better understanding of SU it's easily worth looking at or at least tolerating some ads.

Seriously, think of it. Of all the fantastic free plugins. All the advice, help, praise, critiques. Worth it?

However, there is one area I'll make every effort to block. While I am willing for the SCF to get the ad revenue, I am not willing for the ad agencies to track me and sell my information data to unknown parties. I'm not getting paid to help them, nor do they have my permission. I hope it can be accomplished that we can have relevant ads without being spied on.
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby jeff hammond » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:34 pm

EscapeArtist wrote:However, there is one area I'll make every effort to block. While I am willing for the SCF to get the ad revenue, I am not willing for the ad agencies to track me and sell my information data to unknown parties. I'm not getting paid to help them, nor do they have my permission. I hope it can be accomplished that we can have relevant ads without being spied on.


fwiw, i have website tracking turned off in my browser preferences (safari) and am still able to view content here at scf..
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Gaieus » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:40 pm

I am not sure it's a "tracking cookie" however. BSA may try to set cookies to provide statistics for their advertisers but I see no reason why these cookies should be "tracking" cookies. FB uses tracking cookies because that's how they decide what ads to display (yes, I hate that too and get FB cookies automatically deleted when closing the browser).

Now here the question is why BSA does NOT display the ad when cookies are denied. I will ask...

(We at SketchUcation do not use any tracking cookies you can imagine - the only cookie set is a session cookie to allow members to keep logged in - otherwise you would always be kicked out once changing the page).
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Mike Lucey » Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:15 pm

Guys, I have asked Todd at BSA for his assurances. I will post as soon as I have further information but as Csaba says and I agree with, any tracking used by BSA is for advertiser stats. However, as I said, O will get confirmation on this.
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Mike Lucey » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:05 am

Guys,

As advised I asked Todd at BSA to comment on the concerns of some members here. Here is a screen grab of Todd's reply. It speaks for itself.
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby erikB » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:52 pm

hi,
back online with sketchucation ! :D
I thought it wasn't going to happen. Seemed I couldn't get past the ad blocking thing.
Searched trough all my windows settings, all my firefox settings, all my norton settings nothing seemed to work. Finally I found a small add-on (I completely forgot about) DoNotTrackMe from Abine where buysellads is mentioned in the list of to block tracking cookies from. Allowed it, just for this site, and ... presto ! Slow :( but it works again.
@notareal,
with this add-on I could allow buysellads to have permission for just the site of sketchucation. I am not technical enough to know if this overcomes your objections towards allowing bysellads in sketchucation? But perhaps the info could help.
greetings,
erikB
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:16 pm

erikB wrote:hi,
back online with sketchucation ! :D
I thought it wasn't going to happen. Seemed I couldn't get past the ad blocking thing.
Searched trough all my windows settings, all my firefox settings, all my norton settings nothing seemed to work. Finally I found a small add-on (I completely forgot about) DoNotTrackMe from Abine where buysellads is mentioned in the list of to block tracking cookies from. Allowed it, just for this site, and ... presto ! Slow :( but it works again.
@notareal,
with this add-on I could allow buysellads to have permission for just the site of sketchucation. I am not technical enough to know if this overcomes your objections towards allowing bysellads in sketchucation? But perhaps the info could help.
greetings,
erikB


Thanks for the update Erik. Good that you located the DoNotTrackMe add-on. I wonder if the folks that are having some problems might also be using this add-on :roll:

Mike
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby jaceguay » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:29 pm

I´m not using any addon but my office firewall block everything but the ads at the botton of the page. I guess I´ll have to get used to it.
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby jaceguay » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:44 pm

I don´t use any ad-block or firewall software, I guess It is blocked in the network at the IT department, I work at at a large company +1000 employes and can´t talk to the IT department to disable the firewall for my connection. Even If I become a premium user I will be forbidden to download?
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Mike Lucey » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:57 pm

jaceguay wrote: ....... Even If I become a premium user I will be forbidden to download?


Hi jaceguay,

Premium Members have the option of using AdBlock if they so wish while viewing / downloading. I am sure you will be delighted with what we offer our Premium Members and probably will wonder why you have not taken up Premium Membership all along.

Mike
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Krisidious » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:41 pm

I for one enjoy advertising at places that interest me. I have yet to see an advertising unit here that does not sell something that is related to my field. It keeps me abreast of current technology and pricing and deals. Now the new egg ads that follow me all over the rest of the internet trying to sell me things that I've already bought on new egg... that's annoying.
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby jaceguay » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:23 pm

Krisidious wrote:I for one enjoy advertising at places that interest me. I have yet to see an advertising unit here that does not sell something that is related to my field. It keeps me abreast of current technology and pricing and deals. Now the new egg ads that follow me all over the rest of the internet trying to sell me things that I've already bought on new egg... that's annoying.


The ads never bother me either but I can´t change the internet access configuration in my office.
Everything working fine now, thanks Mike, for the reply.
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Mike Lucey » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:52 pm

Glad to see its working for you jaceguay, enjoy your Premium Membership ...... BTW, you will be in time the SketchFab Pro Account raffle for Premium Members ;)
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Joe Wood » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:48 pm

I've turned adblock off but still have intermittent loading problems. Sometimes, like this morning, I can come on here no problems, but then I can come back a couple hours later (like this visit) it'll again take a minute for New Posts, or any thread to load.

what might cause that intermittent loading issues I have?
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Rich O Brien » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:04 am

ISP has issues connecting because of the volume accessing from that region maybe?

We may need a mirror in the US
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Mike Lucey » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:48 am

Rich O Brien wrote:ISP has issues connecting because of the volume accessing from that region maybe?

We may need a mirror in the US


When funding allows ;)
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby blatterjr » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:45 pm

This is unfortunate. I don't have adblocking or any other restrictions (Chrome)... so it's being blocked by the firewall.
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Joe Wood » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:36 pm

Has anything been figured out about what can be done about this
waiting on: buyselladds?

I haven't followed the troubleshooting talk, is it a firewall issue, or something else I can change at my end?

sometimes in the morning (like now) there's no lag, but during the day and evening, it's terrible, and I often just give up and leave. I bet you're loosing alot of visitors. I hope you can figure this out.

EDIT It took almost 5 minutes for this to post ..
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Re: I Use AdBlock For a Reason

Postby Rich O Brien » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:02 pm

It is simply to do with the fact your are in the US and the server is in Germany. If there is lots of US visitors then you may experience slow speeds.

In the EU it is zippy.

We are exploring CDN or mirroring for the US but this cost $$$ per month.

If more US members can confirm Joe's speed tests then we will seriously look at it. But so far the amount of complaints is on 1 hand.

Run a poll, hold a survey...I really want our US visitors to enjoy the site as much as possible but we need more feedback
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